One of the most daunting aspects of interfaith leadership is developing religious literacy. This lesson invites students to consider ways to develop an appreciative knowledge of other religious beliefs, practices, and worldviews, and to consider how such a knowledgebase helps to drive positive relationships and attitudes.
- Module 4.1: Becoming Aware of Religious Diversity
- Module 4.2: What is Appreciative Knowledge?
- Module 4.3: Appreciative Knowledge in the Field
- Module 4.4: The Interfaith Triangle
- Module 4.5: Appreciative Knowledge Summary
Module 4.1: Becoming Aware of Religious Diversity
In this module, students are introduced to the three primary areas of knowledge necessary for interfaith leadership, and are given a chance to hone their awareness of the religious diversity all around them.
Module 4.2: What is Appreciative Knowledge?
We define appreciative knowledge of other religious traditions as substantive knowledge and positive inclinations. In this lesson we distinguish between appreciative knowledge and religious literacy, and provide ways for students to develop their appreciative knowledge about other religious and ethical traditions.
Module 4.3: Appreciative Knowledge in the Field
Through a series of short interviews, students will hear from young professionals in different fields about how they were able to build their own appreciative knowledge of other religious and ethical traditions, and how that knowledge has aided them in their life and work.
Module 4.4: The Interfaith Triangle
In this module, students learn about the ways that our attitudes about other religious and ethical traditions, our knowledge of those traditions, and our relationships with others of those traditions interact and influence one another. This three-way influence is known as the Interfaith Triangle and is exemplified in the principle known as My Friend Al.
Module 4.5: Appreciative Knowledge Summary
Following a brief summary of the important concepts covered in this lesson, Eboo Patel offers his own reflections on appreciative knowledge and the interfaith triangle, and invites students to consider how these ideas will relate to the remaining two areas of the interfaith leadership knowledgebase covered in the next two lessons.